Walk: Past the pistes to Carn a' Gheòidh

[Looking across the ski developments towards Carn Aosda from the descent off The Cairnwell]

The group of Munros scattered either side of the Cairnwell Pass get a bad rep amongst walkers, marred by the lifts and runs of Glenshee Ski Centre. However, a starting altitude of 650 metres above sea level makes them some of the quickest Munro ascents in Scotland in good conditions. Adding on Carn a' Gheòidh escapes the pylons and pistes, with excellent views far into the wild southern Cairngorms.

[Well-camouflaged ptarmigan on the approach to Carn a' Gheòidh]

Name: Walk: Past the pistes to Carn a' Gheòidh ★☆☆
Length: 13 km / 8 miles
Ascent: 600 metres
Main summits: Carn Aosda (917 metres, Munro); Carn a' Gheòidh (975 metres, Munro); The Cairnwell (933 metres, Munro)
Points of interest: Glenshee Ski Centre
Start / finish: Car park on A93 at Glenshee Ski Centre, G.R.: NO 139782 / like camcorder geology

Route: Car park - Carn Aosda - 808m point southeast of Loch Vrotachan - Carn nan Sac - Carn a' Gheòidh - return to 808m point by outward route - The Cairnwell - start
Terrain: Steep, stony track to Carn Aosda, then paths and tracks to Carn a' Gheòidh, intermittent in places. Track or more direct, steeper path to The Cairnwell, then pathless descent on grass to start.
Wildlife today: Several red deer near the start; a few nesting ptarmigan towards Carn a' Gheòidh.
Weather today: Mostly cloudy at the start but sunshine increasingly breaking through; about 10C, moderate winds.

>> see separate post for Glenshee Ski Centre ★★★

[The summit of The Cairnwell is one of the ugliest Munro summits, although with good views on a clear day]


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

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